Twista f/ Raekwon “The Heat” (2010)

Album: The Perfect Storm

Label: GMG/EMI

No I.D.: “Me and [The Legendary] Traxster, we were always in an unspoken competition. We were two producers in Chicago doing it. I was kinda like Godfather of the Southside [of Chicago] and he was like Godfather of the Westside. So it was like two Godfathers had finally put their turf wars away and became good friends.

 

Me and [The Legendary] Traxster, we were always in an unspoken competition. We were two producers in Chicago doing it. I was kinda like Godfather of the Southside [of Chicago] and he was like Godfather of the Westside.

 

“We started making music together, and one day we were in the studio, and he was like ‘Let’s do something for Twista’ and I was like ‘Cool.’ It’s always weird when you get two established producers together to work, because you don’t wanna do the whole beat, and if the other party doesn’t add much and gets credit—you might feel a way about it.

“But Traxster made things super easy. The track was more in my lane than Traxster’s lane, but he definitely did his thing on it. It was a great experience. It was also funny because one day I saw an interview with Raekwon and he said he wanted to work with me and I thought to myself ‘You just did.’ But that started a commercial sound for both Traxster and myself. We took it to a level where it was commercially viable. But as much credit as they want to give me, I give him equal credit. He did all of that stuff: Twista, Do or Die, PsychoDrama. He needs to do one of these [Complex interviews] himself [Laughs].